L’Occitaine and GlossyBox Pamper shopping event

Last Wednesday beauty fans and bloggers gathered in Birmingham’s Pavilions shopping centre to attend a great beauty event hosted by Provencal beauty brand L’Occitaine, and Glossybox. The event was a chance to see all the new ranges that L’Occitaine has introduced lately, and also to try some of the products, with 15% discount offered on anything you then chose to buy.

I’ve been a huge fan of L’Occitaine for a good many years, loving in particular the floral scents and the Almond Oil products, so this event was perfect for me to get the opportunity to see experience some of the products I haven’t used before.

One of the collections I was really impressed with was the La Collection de Grasse. This is a gorgeous range of fine fragrances that combine ingredients from fruit to spices, with floral scents also added to the mix. From jasmine to Bergamot, to Vanilla and magnolia, the fragrances are pleasantly summery, and come in stylish glass bottles that are just designed to add style to your dressing table. One surprise was how much I liked the ‘Vanille and Narcisse’ fragrance, a surprise because I usually hate anything with vanilla fragrance.

Click to visit L'Occitaine.

Click to visit L'Occitaine.

Click to visit L'Occitaine.

I was also lucky enough to be treated to a skincare consultation by one of the highly knowledgeable L’Occitaine staff. My face was spritzed with my favourite product, the Angelica Hydration Face Mist, a miracle product that no-one who travels on trains, or is going on holiday this summer, should be without. I also loved the Immortalle Serum, another hero product that is an aid to leaving skin looking soft, smooth and younger looking.

Some of the products we were able to try.

This was another fabulous event from L’Occtaine Birmingham and Glossybox, one which all the attendees really enjoyed. It was lovely to meet beauty Blogger Gemma Button from Button’s Blog, and to see Amy PYT, Alev from Bella and Robot  and  stylist and blogger Emily Jayne once again. It was also lovely to catch up with Kim Stephens from Style Birmingham, and meet her lovely friend Michelle. I had a really fantastic night and would like to give big thanks to L’Occitaine and Glossybox.


Pavillions embraces vintage

Whilst the sun was beating down on Sunday, I decided to step inside fashion’s past. I took a trip to Pavillions in Birmingham to enjoy their fabulous vintage fair, and suffice to say, there were bargains galore to be picked up.

In this time of recession, Pavillions deserves praise for being able to provide shoppers with extra-special experiences to enhance their shopping trip, and placing a free entry vintage fair inside the centre was a great way of encouraging new customers to visit. Over 60 stores were involved in the fair, selling a whole range of vintage, and vintage inspired goods. There were stores focused on jewellery created using old pieces that had been reworked and remodelled, amazing period fashions, glamorous evening bags from a bygone era and gorgeous chintzy crockery and china.

I loved the fact that all eras were covered, from 1950s prom dresses, to 60s shifts, 70s maxi’s with original Dotty P labels, and 80s glitter and shoulder pads. The other amazing thing about this fair, which had attracted traders from all over the UK, was that it was so very cheap. One store had an amazing array of vintage dresses all priced at just £5, whilst another was selling a 1980s Burberry mac for £70 – an absolute steal.

This was a great vintage treat which I hope Pavillions repeat sometime soon..maybe close to Christmas time!(Hint!)

Enjoy a Vintage feast at Pavillions.

If, like Fashion-Mommy, you are a bit of a vintage magpie, then I have some dates for your diary. On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June, vintage is  coming to the Pavillions, Birmingham. The fabulous City Centre destination will be hosting a vintage Fair that weekend, playing host to 60 stores that will be selling a  whole host of items, from craft to couture, designer finds to real vintage bargains.

The event will take place from 9.30am until 6.00pm on the Saturday, and 11.00am until 5.00pm on the Sunday, and entrance is absolutely FREE. I think this is a fabulous idea and love the Vargas style posters that are being used to advertise the event.

The great thing about this day is that you can browse at the vintage gems, and can then buy something from the great range of Pavillions stores to go with it. Why not browse around Hobbs, Monsoon, LK Bennett and Evans whilst you’re there. Here are a few picks from those stores with a real vintage feel.



I love the Halston 1970s style Osprey dress. Buy this and search for a glittering vintage clutch bag from the fair.


I think the Alice dress is the perfect dress for a summer wedding. Search the vintage fair for a red 1950s box bag, vintage pearls and cute red shoes.

LK Bennett

I love this Black Swan style Tulle skirt. Search out vintage style fluffy Angora sweaters and original black ballet pumps for a pretty retro look.


Embrace late 1960s Hippy trends at Evans in this fab tunic style top, Search out vintage scarves, beads and bangles at the vintage fair to complete this ‘Age of Aquarius’ look.